Health & Nutrition Benefits of Pears

Health & Nutrition Benefits of Pears

At Frog Hollow, we’re thinking about nutrients throughout each tree’s life: from what it needs when it’s a tiny baby, all the way into adolescence and adulthood—the maintenance required, the care for the soil, the water, the time, and the energy we must put in. Not only can you taste the difference, but the extra work we do here makes each resulting piece of fruit better for you. Healthy soil, healthy trees, healthy food.

Pears especially require careful attention to grow. Many farmers don’t bother with Warren pears—an all time Frog Hollow favorite—because it’s so fragile. That means extra work to harvest and transport. But Frog Hollow is set up to do that! We hand-pick and hand-pack every piece of fruit so it can arrive safely on your table.

Pears boast a whole range of health benefits. They’re among the least allergenic of fruits. They’re low in calories and high in water. They even have some anti-inflammatory properties. Pears are great for everyday nutrition, as well as long-term health.

Everyday nutrition benefits

  • Vitamins: Get 12% of your daily value of Vitamin C and 6% of your DV of Vitamin K. These vitamins are concentrated just under the pear skin, so make sure to eat that part!
  • Dietary fiber: Good sources of fiber can keep cholesterol levels low and reduce one’s risk of type 2 diabetes and breast cancer.
  • Minerals: Soak up some copper, iron, potassium, manganese, and magnesium when you bite into a good pear! Did you know that microbes in the soil make more than 50% of minerals for the plant (and sometimes upwards of 85%!). That's why healthy soil is essential for healthy food.
  • Antioxidants: Pears also contain moderate amounts of antioxidants like β-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.

Long-term health benefits

  • Vision: The antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which are found in pears’ green skin, are also good for keeping your vision sharp!
  • Heart health: Other compounds, like anthocyanins, which give fruit its color strengthen blood vessels, may lower your risk for heart disease, and improve heart health in general.
  • Reduced risk: Pears can help reduce your risk for certain cancers and type 2 diabetes.

Because we harvest for ripeness (not transport or shelf life), we can leave fruit on the tree until it’s ready to come off. We might go through the same orchard a few times over before everything is harvested. That means each fruit can soak up maximum nutrients from the tree roots and leaves before being picked. It means our fruit is extra sweet, as compared to the typical commercial pear you’ll find in grocery stores. And since we're an organic farm and don't use anything toxic to animals or humans, our fruit doesn't have any pesticide residue that could harm a consumer. Eating organic has an effect on long-term health.

Warren pears are one of the three European pear varieties we grow. European pears are known for their juicy, buttery texture and teardrop shape. The second variety we grow, the Taylor’s Gold pear, is known for its tenderness, cinnamon-colored skin, and speckled gold flush. And the Bosc, the last of the three to come of the trees, are strikingly decorative with a russet skin and wonderful texture for pies, tarts, and poaching.

A unique combination of organic farming techniques, specialized attention and California sunshine distinguish our pears, which have been praised by Martha Stewart Living and Oprah Magazine alike! They make a great gift for any season.

Order our pears delivered from our farm to your table. Our carbon-neutral shipping extends across the US!

 

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